If you’re reading this, you likely don’t have to worry that the water you drink today will make you too sick to go to work, or that it might kill your kids. This is largely because the introduction of water chlorination in the early 20th century virtually eliminated waterborne diseases in developed countries. Before we began using chlorine to treat our drinking water, thousands of US residents died every year from cholera, typhoid fever and dysentery.
Two years ago, CTI began helping communities in rural Nicaragua eliminate waterborne illness through chlorination–a solution that’s cheap, easy, and effective against most types of bacteria and viruses responsible for waterborne illness. We gathered a team of local organizations, health ministry officials and village volunteers, and working together, we’ve provided safe water for more than 150,000 people.
World Water Day
Today is International World Water Day: a day held annually on March 22 to recognize the importance of clean water, a day to focus attention on those who lack it, and—most importantly—World Water Day is a day to come together and DO SOMETHING about it.
We think everyone should have access to safe drinking water, especially children. But the reality is, 4,000 children will die today because of unsafe water, and no amount of reflection on World Water Day is going to change that, only action.
Will you join our efforts to bring safe water to 25,000 more Nicaraguans over the next four months? Since just one Water Chlorinator provides safe water for an entire community, a little money goes a long way:
- A donation of $50 funds safe water for five families
- A donation of $150 can deliver a water chlorination system to a village of 1,000 people
Your investment will improve lives for generations to come.
Thank you to our water supporters!
With support from individuals, Nicaraguan communities, foundations and corporations, together we’ve helped more than 65,000 people gain sustainable sources of safe water in the last year. We want to thank the following organizations for their collaboration and generous support:
- Pentair Foundation
- Project Redwood
- EOS International
- Self Help International
- Unity Avenue Foundation
- Hudson Daybreak Rotary
- Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club
- Rotary Club of New Brighton/Mounds View
- New Richmond Rotary Club
- Rotary Club of Rice Lake
- St. Croix Valley Rotaract
- Rotary Club of St. Paul
- St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club
- Siren/Webster Rotary Club
- Rotary Club of South Saint Paul
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